Finding Out More about the Friends of the Earth

What is the Finding Out More about the Friends of the Earth? They are a group of influential people who began in 1969 by David Brower in San Francisco. It is a U.S. chapter of one of the most powerful groups in the world and have been the leading edge increasing more ways to protect our planet. The Friends of Earth are affiliated with the international organization Friends of the Earth International. The international organization is one of the largest alliances in the world of democratically voted elected officials.

The Friends of the Earth have been around for decades, yet it wasn’t until March of 2005 when it joined with the Bluewater Network. This network is mainly known for its creativity in finding better solutions. They have been in the lead for many of the important issues damaging the Earth today. They tackle air and water pollution along with damaging effects to the land as well, much caused by activity vehicles like Jet Skis and snowmobiles. By working with the Bluewater Network the Friends of the Earth have been able to broaden is spectrum and tackle even more issues.

There has been widespread success on both the national and international levels. This success also includes achievements on the local level as well. The Friends of the Earth also offer individual support to communities and individuals; they can help each one to become more successful in saving the Earth.

Some of the most important achievements of the Friends of the Earth group are that they are continually and have proved the use of corn as a safer fuel. They conducted and proved various research testing that corn was genetically engineered then passed onto the consumers at grocery stores world wide. They have also proven some of the malicious deeds by certain corporate giants as Enron. They exposed that the corporate giant had received over 2 million dollars in taxpayer loans and through various overseas financial institutions as well.

They have impacted local areas such as the I-69 project in Indiana. The Friends of the Earth helped to show the damage this project would make on local forest, farms, homes and the very traditional Amish communities. This latest fight is only one of the Friends of the Earth fights.

The Friends of the Earth group is one of the most effective environmentalist groups there is, with many achievements of success to call their own. They have helped stop whaling, bring to an end many water projects, unneeded or bad dam ideas, and to change and make the World Bank work better. They also help lobby better regulations on oil tankers and strip mines around the globe. Increase the financial situation by getting rid of corporate tax breaks, corporate pollution and a wide variety of other great achievements as well.

Global warming is a threat that will affect generations to come. The atmosphere surrounding us that supports life is a God-given gift. It must be protected. We should be leaders in efforts to stop global warming [], not resistant followers.

Unbleached Coffee Filters Save the Earth

When coffee was first discovered, the method of clearing the brew from the coffee grounds was to allow the grounds to sink to the bottom of the cup.

It was a very tedious and inconvenient method. So many drinkers sought for a solution to this predicament which eventually led to the invention of the first coffee paper filter by Melitta Bentz in 1908. Since the discovery, filters have become an essential part of the brewing process.

With the current “green” revolution going on, consumers have become more environmentally conscious and have made deliberate efforts to change their environment-damaging habits.

For drinkers of this java beverage, there are simple solutions to help the environment such as by using permanent gold filters instead of disposable ones, or unbleached filters instead of the usual bleached coffee filters.

IF YOU CARE is a company specializing in the manufacturing and retailing of various environment-friendly products.

Their first product was the IF YOU CARE unbleached coffee filter which was launched in 1990 and this was also the first ever in the USA.

IF YOU CARE carries a range of 4 types made from selected clean 100% unbleached pulp. It comes in 2 varieties – the cone and basket filters and is available in sizes No. 2, No. 4, No. 6, and No. 12.

Unbleached, as the name suggests, are paper filters that have not been bleached white.

The usual and more common bleached filters make use of chlorine during their manufacturing process in order to make them snowy white.

Not only is the manufacturing process of it harmful to the environment but the chlorine in it is harmful to the health.

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), using these alone can result in a lifetime exposure to dioxin, a poisonous toxin that is released from the chlorine used in it.

IF YOU CARE recognizes the harmful effects of the bleaching process to the environment and have launched the unbleached ones to reduce the pollution in our environment.

The manufacturing process of unbleached coffee filters has a smaller carbon footprint on the environment as compared to the manufacturing process of permanent ones.

Furthermore, they are made from renewable and sustainable resources which are better for our environment. They contain no artificial fibers and feature a strong “never break” seam. Best of all, it will not affect the taste of your coffee.

Tips to Help People and Save the Earth Too

In an ever changing fashion world, people these days are getting rather choosy on what they want from their clothes and accessories. No longer do they want things that are made from animal products that were purloined from dubious sources. Rather, they want to know that the skins or other additives were derived from properly kept animals etc. Handmade bags and leather journals are two such items that are made from sustainable resources so the ‘greens’ can have the best of both worlds.

For example, with the diary, the skin used is derived from cruelty free sources where the animal is kept in a decent fashion for meat and other such products. The skin is only a by product of this style of farming so should fit into the criteria demanded from those who abhor cruelty to animals. On the other hand, the purses made from these skins also fit into the same criteria making the lady who loves to be in fashion a supporter of animal rights without really knowing it.

Some companies will exploit the native workforce making them work long hours in bad conditions for just a few dollars a week. But other companies have come up with a scheme whereby the artisan gets a decent living wage while producing great fashionable goods which sell at good prices. When the customer purchases these goods they can relax in the knowledge that they did not support a sweat shop style operation. Indeed, their dollars will help to support not only the worker and his family, but also the community in which he lives because these companies have several ways of helping the majority in the village type setting.

They may, through careful consideration, be able to put in boreholes so that the whole village can get access to clean water; sustain farming projects so that there is no longer a shortage of affordable food; or underpin a schooling project for the children of the workers to be able to gain the knowledge that will get them out of poverty once and for all.

Once all of this good work is conveyed to the consumer, they are far more likely to only purchase goods that have come from such great but humble beginnings.

But it is not only purses and diaries that these clever and talented artisans can make. All kinds of goods are produced by people who have been trained for generations to produce high quality, innovative and beautiful pieces of work which the public will adore.

Puzzle boxes made in three D format to fox the mind and confuse the recipient, or beautifully crafted earring stands where the lady of the house can keep her collection of jewelry safe and in a decorative form. Many other kinds of artistic innovations which will brighten any home are also available and for every piece purchased, some artisan or his children will benefit. What better way to support those less well off and have something beautiful to look at all at the same time?

Connor Sullivan recently purchased a couple of handmade bags for his wife and daughter. His son took a couple of leather journals with him to document his European travels during the summer.

Can Algae Oil Save the Earth?

In our green real estate section we usually try to focus on environmentally friendly tips for our homes. But this article will be focused on an interesting research, which may lead to helping us if we are feeling guilty because of our cars eat up too much gas. Oil is an crucial part of our everyday lives. People in the developed countries often cannot think of a life without a car, it is just so common to own one. As most of the realtors whose job includes driving around a lot, I do the same. Imagine a life without a car – isn’t it almost impossible? The prices of oil are driven up and down by the unsound oil supplies and our nature is suffering from carbon dioxide emissions and fuel burning. These are the well-known crucial problems of driving.

Craig Venter is an American biologist and also a successful enterpreneur who established The Institute for Genomic Research. Genetic engineering is the main topic of his work, that has caused a great deal of heated debate by his most recent project.

We already know that algae are able to create natural oil. This has been the topic of several experiments with biofuels. Venter has ambitions to go further. He is trying to explore if it’s possible to adjust the genomic structure of algae in order to make them create oil of almost the same composition as the traditional crude oil. If that works out, we would be able to use the current refineries and other oil industry infrastructure already available. Also plastics could be produced the same way as from crude oil refining, using the current production plants. It doesn’t shock us that one of the companies producing the most oil on the planet, Exxon Mobile, contributed $600 million for Ventor to go on with his research.

Now your concern might be, where is the ecological benefit? Well, right here. The oil created by algae might well contribute to dealing with one of the most serious problems of our world. Plants take the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, utilize it in a photosynthesis process to create the oil and then the oil is burned and turned into oxalates. It will of course take more time to figure all this out, this promising solution won’t be available this or next year. But for sure it is a hopeful way to try, and Craig Venter with his team have made the first steps towards a success on a field where others have already tried and failed. There are plenty of people in Canada and elsewhere that would love to go easy on the environment, but due to their occupation, it is very difficult for them to stop using cars, just like so many of my fellow Toronto realtors can’t.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Movies about aliens virtually all focus on the dilemma about whether we earthlings should treat the aliens as enemies or to (perhaps naively) treat them as friends. There are powerful arguments for both approaches. However, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” is unique in that it shows both aspects in the same people.

The aliens are a highly developed species who can see the bigger picture with regard to what is happening to our planet, and they want to save the world. But they also see that it may be necessary to destroy the human race in order to do it. They delay making such a decision for a very long time, but eventually find it necessary to make their move. The way it was put in TDTESS was something like: “If we leave you humans to go on destroying the earth, you will destroy yourselves in the process; but if we destroy you, we may at least be able to save the planet.”

What viewers see in these aliens are restrained, caring people, who also see the need to exercise discipline… a much better portrayal of life in the real world than what usually comes through with monstrous baddies and lilly white goodies.

The movie also dealt (though somewhat superficially) with the questions of whether or not people are capable of change, and if they are, what are the changes that are needed. The movie’s credibility, unfortunately, totally falls apart as the producers seek to give the audience the happy ending that they so much crave. The observation of an alien who had lived on the earth for sixty years while studying our civilisation, is far more believable. He says that he has noted that the human race in general is not willing to change, and that mankind will go to its grave supporting the status quo rather than make the huge changes that are needed to save the earth.

I am surprised that this movie made it to the box office at all; but it seems that one of the compromises (apart from the shallow happy ending) that was needed to get it into the theatres was not to be specific about what the changes are that people need to make. So I will say a little about that here instead:

At the moment, about half the world still lives a very basic lifestyle, often centered around a village economy. It is not luxurious, and the people living in that way go without many things that we have come to take for granted; but the way they live is doable. Most of what they eat and much of what they use and wear is grown and produced by themselves or by others in their village.

This is precisely the kind of lifestyle that would be most effective in virtually eliminating the carbon footprint that is crushing the rest of the world. But this is the kind of “inconvenient truth” that even people like Al Gore do not want to shove in the faces of an obscenely indulgent world.

So we go on telling ourselves that there are cost-free solutions that can be worked out… by our governments… one day; in the meantime, we can go on living our lives as normal, perhaps using cloth shopping bags instead of plastic ones as our “contribution” to save the world.

It does not take a genius to see that it is going to take a lot more than that to save the world; and yet we cover our eyes and hope that the problems will all just go away.

One final and intriguing observation about TDTESS, is that it included what appears to be a reference to The Revelation, when great hordes of metallic locusts that devour metal (and everything else in their paths) become the instrument of the aliens’ judgment on the world. (See Revelation 9:7-9.) As I observed this metal insect army consuming a whole semi-trailer in just a few seconds, it became clear that this is precisely the kind of change that needs to happen to save both the planet and the human race. We need to learn to live without our trucks, and without our football stadiums, and without our sky scrapers, and a lot more of our modern technology if the world is going to be saved.

But it is nigh on impossible to get the world to stand still long enough to even consider such options

Dave (along with his wife Cherry) is a co-founder of the Jesus Christian communities, which are located in Australia, England, America, and Kenya.

Save Money, Save the Earth

It does not matter what side of the global warming debate you are on, this article will help anyone who wants to save money. By making simple changes in our lives and thinking about particular habits and routines that we have, all of us can take simple actions to improve the quality of our lives, live a more eco friendly life, and save money by going green.

Most blogs that discuss saving money and the environment will include tips such as walk or bike rather than drive, try public transportation and carpool, and think about using an alternative fuel vehicle. Unfortunately these are not an option for everybody. However, there are many different things we can do to become a part of the national movement of “going green.”

Simple Actions to Save You Money and Save the Planet:

Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. If every household in the United States changed only 1 frequently used light bulb to a fluorescent light, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for one year. This is one of the easiest changes to make in order to save money and help save the earth.

Expand your batteries life span. It is best to buy rechargeable batteries but if that is not an option here are some tricks to increase the life of a battery. 1. Do not replace all 4 batteries. When your device stops working, it may be because only one battery is dead. Try buying the self-testing batteries and check each one, only replace the dead batteries. 2. Keep your batteries in the refrigerator to make them last longer. 3. Believe it or not, your laptop computer does not belong on your lap. Laying a notebook on a soft surface restricts air flow and heats up the battery. To prolong the life of the battery, invest $5 to $20 in a “cooling pad.”

Get a home energy audit: Check to see if your utility company offers a free home utility audit to help you find air leaks, poor insulation and determine your homes energy efficiency.

From the home energy audit, you will likely be told to seal and insulate your home. You can hire a contractor or for the more adventurous try a “Do-It-Yourself-Guide.” This may cost some money up front but will definitely save money in the long run.

Keep your water heater warm by wrapping it in an insulation blanket. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding insulation to your water heater can reduce heat loss by 25-45%, thereby saving you 4% to 9% in water heating costs. You can buy these at any home improvement store for about $20.

Insulate your car’s battery. Check to see if your car’s battery is insulated properly, if not buy a plastic insulated battery blanket for $10 to $30.

Charge your batteries with solar power. Pay a onetime fee of $80 to $200 and then charge your batteries for free for years and save money.

Unplug unused electrical devices and save money on your electricity bill. This is easier said then done. Start by unplugging your cell phone and iPod chargers. In addition buy a power strip that allows you to turn it on and off easily.
Turn off the lights and go green! This may seem like a no-brainer but it is amazing how many people keep their lights on, television running, and computers going. Turning these off will not only save money on your electricity bill but will add in our efforts to save the earth.

Keep your thermostat between 68 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Use blankets, open windows and take off layers of clothes. For most of us, this is easier said than done. Remember to turn off your thermostat when you go to work and when you go to bed. If you forget, get a programmable thermostat. This can save a considerable amount of money on your heating bill. Important facts to keep in mind: First it does not require more energy to reheat your home than it does to keep it at the same temperature. Second, turning the temperature up higher does not make the house warm up faster, it only makes the heater stay on longer after turning it off.

Stop using store catalogs and shop online. Most of the time you save money online anyway.

Stop receiving junk mail. Millions of trees are lost each year on junk mail alone. You can try to get your name deleted from the junk mail sources or spend a little time and write on each junk mail received, “Return to Sender.” You do not have to pay for the postage and eventually you will stop receiving mail from them.

Print less often. Write down directions on small note pads, do not print emails. If you need to print there are free software programs out there that allow you to edit web pages to only print the content that you need.

Ways to Save Water: 1. Take shorter showers 2.Turn the water off while shaving or brushing your teeth 3. Repair all toilet and faucet leaks immediately. A leaky toiled can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day, a leaky faucet a little less. 4. Be smart when irrigating your lawn and landscape. Only water when needed, early morning is best. 5. A water saving-energy efficient dish washer used with the right dishwashing soap can save water, energy and save money.

Eat out less. Restaurants use more energy to produce your meals.

When staying at a hotel, practice what you do at home. Turn off the lights and television when you leave, don’t waste water, turn off the A/C when you leave the room. Reuse your towels and use your own toiletries. The hotel’s toiletries are cheap and are always over-packaged.

Conserve and use less and transition to “living green.” Use less shampoo, cleaning detergent, soap, toothpaste and paper products. It is amazing how much conserving saves you money and how beneficial it is in our fight to save the planet.

Buy used: Search online classifieds and newspapers. You can find gently used furniture, appliances, cars, and many other things.

These next two items are the easiest, quickest way to start “going green” and living more eco friendly. Invest a little money in reusable shopping bags ($1 to $5). My favorite is the Chico Bag that clips onto your purse or keys and are therefore hard to forget. Use them at the grocery store, the mall, or any other place where you need to pick up a few items. This not only saves plastic but it brings public awareness towards the living green movement. Avoid using plastic water bottles. Instead buy reusable aluminum or stainless steel bottles at any Target or Sports shop. This truly helps in the effort to save our planet but it is also beneficial for our health.

If you have to use the one time use plastic water bottles, fill some bottles up (not completely full) and put them in the freezer. This increases the energy efficiency of your freezer by allowing it to run less and you can use the frozen water bottles when you need an ice pack. When they melt, it makes for a wonderfully cold drink. Save your left over’s. You can save bread bags, butter containers, and other packages that you can use to store your left over food. Buy cheap labels at the dollar store and label everything.

When possible avoid using disposable plates, cups and utensils. These cost a lot of money and take up a lot of space in our landfills. Use cloth diapers not disposable. It is not as difficult or inconvenient as most parents think it is. There are many great articles on the cloth versus disposable debate. More difficult steps towards “going green.” Spend a little time and money in the short term, save money and/or save the planet in the long run.

Composting your food and yard trimmings lessens the amount of garbage that is sent to landfills and also reduces the amount of pollution to the atmosphere. Efficient Landscaping: This can save money, save energy and save the earth. Install solar panels. Solar is quickly becoming more affordable and efficient and many states have tax incentives now. To help get you motivated towards “going green” and eco friendly living, research incentives and tax rebates for home improvements at the U.S. Department of Energy Last but not least, PLANT A TREE. One tree, over its life will absorb over one ton of carbon dioxide and put healthy oxygen into the air.

Unfortunately there are a lot of people who believe that the problem is much too big for one person to make a difference. But that is simply not true. Every time you choose to recycle instead of throwing it in the trash, or walk to the store instead of drive, or spend a little extra money on organic and eco friendly products, you alone are making a difference. And if 100,000 people just made simple changes in their daily routine, our efforts will significantly improve our chance to save the earth and save the planet.

Let’s Save the Earth With New Energy Sources

The mindset of many people is “Let’s save the Earth with new energy sources”. The main issue is that governments are slow to implement change because many countries’ economies are largely based upon fossil fuels and their bi products. Most people, if offered a choice would like to implement their thinking of “Let’s save the earth with new energy sources”. They would opt for cleaner burning fuels for their cars, cars that do not run on fossil fuels and different options for their home energy needs.

Honestly, if you had a choice between using electricity and paying for it and using other sources of energy that do not cost you a penny, which would you choose? The reason that most of us do not opt for greener sources of energy is that we are of the belief that we cannot afford these options.

This is simply not true. There are numerous do it yourself guides available for many alternative forms of energy. Some of these include solar panels and wind turbines. Many of these guides show you not only where to obtain the materials, but also how to assemble and install these devices. If you can install an alternative source of energy, you may be able to free yourself from the “power grid” and you may also be eligible for special rebates from your local government.

Unfortunately, many people believe that installing these types of new energy sources are a scam. This is not true either. These types of new energy sources are not really new, they have been used for a lot of years, it is just that we are now becoming more aware of them since it is becoming very urgent that we change our fossil fuel burning habits and adopt the thinking “Let’s save the earth with new energy sources”.

Ways to Save Mother Earth

In this time of climate change, you can do a lot to modify your lifestyle to help save mother earth. Little changes in what you purchase, how you get around and what you use can make a big difference in the overall state of the planet. When one person starts making changes in his lifestyle, he sets a good example for others in the community to emulate.


Reuse reusable items in your daily life. Reusing items such as shopping bags and food containers, and donating items such as clothing, reduces the amount of waste. Excess waste piles up in landfills, taking up fertile land. Garbage seeps into the water supply, contaminating rivers and the ocean.


Recycle your garbage. Separate paper, plastic, organics, Styrofoam and electronics. Recycling allows for proper disposal of environmentally hazardous products while saving useful materials such as paper and organics. Recycling reduces waste and the need for raw material consumption.

Don’t Drive

Spend one day a week not driving. Instead walk, jog or bike to work or school. Spend time walking in the park, hiking or time at home. Driving causes toxic carbon dioxide admissions that pollute the air and destroy the ozone layer. Driving less also reduces the overall consumption of crude oil and gasoline.

Less Meat

Eat less meat. Meat-based diets require more land, water and energy to sustain. Animals need more space and use more resources to grow than plant foods. Factory farming pollutes the area around it, spreading chemicals and waste into nearby water supplies.

Purchase Earth Friendly Products

Purchase from only earth friendly companies that have little or no carbon footprint. Do not support companies that pollute the earth and that do not abide by environmental regulations. Buy items in bulk. Bulk purchasing requires less gas usage and less packaging material than buying in small amounts. Purchase items with minimal packaging to reduce waste. Purchasing local organic food cuts back on transportation costs and the use of hazardous pesticides.


Reduce your overall energy use. Dry your clothes outside on a clothes line instead of using the dryer. Open the windows for fresh air instead of using the air conditioner. Air dry your dishes. Use less gasoline by driving at a slower steady rate. Take shorter showers and reduce the amount of water waste in your home and business. Seal windows and air leaks to improve insulation in your home.

Replenish the Earth

Plant trees around your home and garden. Planting trees helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, providing natural shade and insulation. New trees also help the earth renew and replenish the clean air supply. Planting trees around your home and in your community assists in making up for the thousands of trees being cut down every day around the world.

How to Save the Earth

Can anything you do really matter to the Earth? On a universal scale, no. The Earth will keep on spinning, evolving and sustaining life no matter what humans choose to do. There’s much to do, however, to reduce the pressure on our Big Blue Marble’s limited resources.

Consume less. Everything people do, including eating (especially meat), watering lawns, heating homes and driving cars, consumes resources. Everything people buy requires resources to produce and ship. Be conscious of all the small decisions you make in your everyday life that increase the total human impact on the planet. See related eHow articles How to Live With Less, How to Live Off the Land and How to End World Hunger.

Choose to have fewer (or no) children. The pressure on Earth’s resources by its ever-increasing human population is one of the most dire issues that the planet faces.

Learn what types of fish are in danger of being overfished and don’t buy them at the store or order them in restaurants. The United Nations site offers background information (see Additional Resources). For specific recommendations on which fish are caught and farmed in ways that support a healthy environment, check out Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s site (in Resources).

Consider driving a smaller or hybrid car. Of course, buying a new car equals more consumption, so approach this issue with some caution. But if you’re already looking for a new car, get one that’s energy efficient.

Support international agreements to limit the output of greenhouse gases. Reduce your own energy use as much as possible. See the eHow titled How to Prepare for Skyrocketing Energy Costs.

Downsize your life. See Related eHows How to Get Organized and How to Get Rid of What You Don’t Want.

Buy organic food. Pesticides take a toll on the environment and frequently spawn pesticide-resistant pests. Buying organic food directly from the growers supports small farms and promotes biodiversity. See the eHow on How to Prepare an Organic Vegetable Garden.

Lend your energy to protecting the drinking water supply on both micro and macro levels. Access to and availability of clean drinking water is a growing global crisis. Cut back on personal water use with water-wise gardens (How to Design a Dry Garden) and promote development of sound water policies in your town or region (How to Manage Growth in Your Community). Or join forces with scientists working to perfect the difficult and expensive process of desalinization

How to Plant a Tree to Save the Earth

According to the World Wildlife Fund, planting a tree may be a small gesture, but it is one of the “grandest” acts you can take on behalf of the planet. The World Wildlife Fund also offers a simple approach to planting a tree to help save the planet. Many other organizations and nonprofit groups– from the United Nations to individual elementary school classes-have tree-planting programs, designed to encourage individuals to plant trees as part of improving environmental conditions and preventing further degradation of the natural world.

Obtain a seed from the type of tree you wish to grow from a store or by finding in nature. The World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations’ Environment Programme Billion Tree Campaign suggests you select a species of tree that grows naturally in your area.

Select the location to plant your tree. Make sure the location is one that can accommodate the type of tree you are growing at its full height. Select an area that has plenty of space and good light.

Push your finger (or a pen) into the soil, creating a hole that is about 1 inch deep.

Place the seed inside the hole.

Push dirt back over the hole.